HW 2 Essay - Baby Sign Final Write Up One of the many...

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Baby Sign Final Write Up One of the many ongoing debates present in today’s society has to do with whether or not incorporating gestural signs in early childhood has anything to do with an improved language development. Research has shown that using signs with infants during early language development can be beneficial with language processing later in life. However, counter argumentative research has shown that this to be false, claiming that using signs has no effect on a child’s language development. This leaves the question open as to which argument is correct. Keeping this in mind, I personally feel that using gestural signs with infants is beneficial in the long run. However, there are valid points to be made on both sides of the debate that provide support as being either beneficial or completely false. On the supporting end of the debate we see results gathered from a study and presented in the article “ Impact of Symbolic Gesturing on Early Language Development.” The study conducted observed three groups of infants, one which was trained using gestural signs by the parents, another focused on verbal training also from the parents, and the final was a non- intervention control group. Observing the results produced by the children from the three groups provided strong evidence in support of gestural signing. With that being said, according to the findings presented in the article, “The results…particularly the comparisons between the Sign Training group and the Non-intervention Control group, strongly support the hypothesis that symbolic gesturing facilitates the early stages of verbal language development…Infants who augmented their fledging vocal vocabularies with symbolic gestures outperformed those who did not” (Goodwyn, 98). These results were a definite indicator which showed that using gestural signs did in fact have some impact on a child’s language development. However, comparisons still needed to be made with the verbal trained group. This particular group was urged by
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researchers to emphasize word usage and formation with the children. Although, according to the
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